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Rogers has been expanding its 5G network capabilities across the province. The new wireless technology has the potential to revolutionize business and usher in groundbreaking innovations.
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As part of their continuing efforts to lay the groundwork for the best connectivity across Canada, Rogers for Business has been proactively expanding its fibre optic infrastructure and 5G tower capabilities throughout Alberta in recent months, connecting 29 more communities, including Red Deer, Banff, Canmore, Cold Lake, Medicine Hat and Cochrane, to the next generation of wireless services.

“The excitement about this new wireless technology is warranted,” says Dean Prevost, president of Rogers for Business. “5G wireless networks are game-changing for everyone, but frankly, it’s a much more impactful change for business.”

For many, 5G is about faster speeds, but Prevost is quick to point out that it’s about a lot more.

“More than speed alone, 5G is also about low latency, as well as the long battery life of the devices that enable it. It all comes down to a massive increase in connectivity supporting countless transformative applications.”

The 5G use cases for business are wide-ranging to say the least, encompassing augmented and virtual reality, driverless vehicles, automated heavy equipment for industries such as mining, drones that can safely and efficiently deliver crucial items such as personal protective equipment, as well as robotic storage and retrieval to meet the demands of a growing e-commerce market.

The sky’s the limit in the public sector, too, with applications like remote surgery and patient monitoring, as well as smart-city sensors that can improve traffic safety and first-responder efficiency.

“We were the first carrier to start rolling out 5G in Canada,” says Prevost, “and now, through our investments and partnerships, we aim to have the largest, most robust ecosystem to support all these innovative applications, which are expected to contribute $40 billion and 250,000 jobs to the Canadian economy over the next few years.”

By partnering locally to connect buildings with fibre, which will enable 5G experiences for local businesses of any size, and by advancing Internet of Things (IoT) research through their five-year agreement with the University of Calgary, Rogers for Business continues to make inroads throughout Alberta, and Prevost, hailing from Calgary himself, couldn’t be prouder.

“From building out fibre and 5G, to Hometown Hockey, to the Ted Rogers Scholarship Fund, there’s no doubt we’re heavily invested in the future of this province,” he says, “and I can’t wait to see the impact our ongoing network expansions will have here.”

This story was created by Content Works, Postmedia’s commercial content division, on behalf of Calgary Economic Development.

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